The Minister of Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that the reforms of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme go beyond the security of corps members.
He said this yesterday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a three-day retreat for the staff of the ministry.
“We must agree on how to reform the NYSC beyond the security of corps members. Security is very important, but the reform must bring huge returns not only to the corps members, but also to Nigeria as a whole,” he stated.
The minister said the NYSC scheme must prepare young people to be job creators, not job seekers.
“The NYSC is taking 90 percent of the ministry’s budget which represents a very twinkly tinny section of the youth population, and we must develop a means of generating funds for programmes for other youths outside the scheme. We must be appropriately structured and composed to drive all the issues around youth development”, the minister added.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Baba Faruk said the retreat was aimed at developing strategies to make the ministry a major driver of transformation agenda, delivery of skill acquisition and vocational training for youths in the country.
Source: Daily Trust
5 August 2011